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jone bone
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/12/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have recently started taking chinese herbs again. When I lived in Thailand, they were fairly cheap and after taking them for about six months, I got down to 9 Asacol from 12. However, I was also having acupuncture again from the same doctor.

Now I live in Japan and I take a Pentasa enema daily, have acupuncture when the doctor requests it, and continue to take 12 asacol daily. I have been on Chinese herbs for about a month now and the doctor seems to think a year or two will get me off the meds. I'm skeptical, but desperate.

The herb tea offers relief, but must be cooked for 40 minutes twice a day. Furthermore, it takes time before it starts really making a difference.

Has anyone else tried the herbs? What have been your experiences?

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 2/13/2009 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I was going to try Chinese herbs when I had my second flare. My mom's Hepatitis C came back after some 40+ years and ate up one third of her liver. She couldn't take certain western medicines because of her age. So she looked into herbal medicine. She went to the California Pacific Medical Center (, and they put together a herbal program for her. That was a few years ago. The Hepatitis C stopped progressing. She still has two thirds of her liver.

She recommended me to take herbal medicine for my Colitis. However, I've been able to get in remission with fecal transplantation, Probiobics, and diet. Fecal transplantation put my second flare immediately in remission. I do feel that herbs would help. They taste really bad though. I'm doing a liver detox right now. Pills are easier to swallow.

BTW, she has Hepatitis C because of me. She had to get a blood transfusion when I was born. They didn't test for Hepatitis C back in those days.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 498
   Posted 2/13/2009 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes Jone. My sister had tried it while she was travelling in Guangzhou and had a flare up. One of our father's dear friend Mr. Chang aged about 70 used to get up early morning and prepare that herbal medicine and get it to the hotel in the freezing weather. Besides the chinese herb, I feel it was Mrs. & Mr. Chang's kindness and affection which really helped my sister to go in remission. I have tried herbal pills from China and they too were effective, but one has to take about a handful of them three times a day. They were like black lentil. Please continue with Chinese herb, it definitely would cure.

45 years Male
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
on Combiflam, Multivitamins and restricted diet.
Tried Sallaki/Turmeric/Homoepathy/Allopathy/Chinese/Unani/Ayuvedic/Yoga before going for surgery

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